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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 7, 2011 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: " the last of the gonzo stadium shows "

Well U2 is in town tonight at the Big-0 or the o.com or whatever the arena formerly known as the Oakland Coliseum is today.

Tickets begin @ $250 for general admission seating and up the troft from there. The entire show is based on a general admission first-come, first served basis. Similar to the Apple store launchings out here, folks have been lined-up since Sunday.

What is your opinion of the "global appeal" of U2 ? Recall the day somewhere @ 1988 when the Pink Floyd tour checked-in here with all of it's pyrotechnics to the tune of $50. The Shoreline performance of the "Eagles Reunion Tour" in 1994 was worth every penny @ $75.

If my math is correct that's 50,000 x 250 = $12,500,000 yup that's twelve million five hundred thousand dollars for one evenings gross receipts.

Any other acts out there that could sell-out stadium shows other than a double bill of Bieber/Gaga?

Think Phil & Bob are in attendance this evening?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 8, 2011 12:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Add concessions to the gross amount.... I saw them in the 80s for 17.50

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 8, 2011 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Only saw U2 once in Tempe in 92 or 93 and was not blown away by any matter of means. The ticket price wasn't so bad, maybe about $40, but the show was more about just how cool Bono thought he was. Now the show they put on at Sun Devil Stadium in 87 was a masterpiece, but that was back before Bono got a hard on for excessive sets and light shows. By the time I saw them the show had become so large that you really had a hard time focusing on the music.

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jun 7, 2011 11:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

$250 a ticket - and Bono won't pay tax.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 8, 2011 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Here's the thing. If you really love them them then it's worth it. They sunk a lot of cash in that stage and overall production. It may look like the are going for a cash grab but the reality is they need to pay for that whole set up. If you haven't seen the band live I would recommend at least going once. Passionate fan base, good songs, great production value. With that said...I saw them at the Rose Bowl year or so ago and the show was made up from a ton of the new album that I did not like. When Bono got injured and canceled the tour I thought they would come back with a fresher set list. From what I heard it's pretty similar. I told my wife (who's a huge fan) that I'm sitting this one out while she takes her friend. Oh yeah...might be a good idea if you like your politics mixed in with music. I'm sure there will be 50 causes hurled at you from the fan base and the band while you are there.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 8, 2011 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Lobster - you made the right choice. Took the wife last night to Oakland, and other than the fact that it was the single worse concert experience I've ever had with parking/traffic control (total lack thereof), the show was fairly mediocre. They had their moments, but I found the claw set up distracting. I've been seeing them going on 30+ years (and close to 20 times - with St. Patrick's Day at the Boston Garden with Pixies opening on Zoo TV as one of my top shows ever) and I found the show to be pretty mediocre and less than inspiring (there were moments). I guess at this stage I can only hear "I Will Follow" reinterpreted so many different ways.

I did like that they played Zooropa and Miss Sarajevo (Passengers is a great release - them with Eno as full member).

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 8, 2011 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Yeah. The band is playing Angel Stadium next week. With the baseball park only set up there won't be as many people as say Oakland but I can guarantee you it will be a mess parking-wise. The rose bowl was brutal because you were talking over 100,000 people in an outdated stadium with narrow tunnel access. I was smart and ponied out a few extra bucks for a preferred parking spot and since I have season tix to UCLA I new my way around so I got out at a reasonable time. I heard horror stories of folks pulling into their driveways at 4:30 AM and after

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 8, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Review of last night's U2 show

I stand corrected, 70,000 x 250 = seventeen million five hundred thousand....

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/08/DDNH1JR8BO.DTL

Here's a link to the SF Gate review of last evenings performance.





This post was modified by dark.starz on 2011-06-09 02:07:56

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Jun 7, 2011 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

phil and bob did their own show tonight via live stream, so probably not.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 7, 2011 8:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

Indeed, check out the St Stephen > The Eleven from Shoreline.

http://www.archive.org/details/furthur2011-06-03.mkh8040.tsquare.113921.flac16

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Jun 8, 2011 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ' the last of the gonzo stadium shows '

aah luckily im not a Furthur-basher. i enjoy them, especially when in attendence. seems to be they played both nights very well.